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PROFILE ON T’SAWOUT NATION (Featuring Councillor Mavis Underwood)

April 27, 2017

T’Sawout Nation is one of the South Island Prosperity Project’s 29 members. They are the second local First Nation (out of 10) to join the project. We sat down with elected Band Councillor Mavis Underwood to talk about T’Sawout Nation, their hopes for economic development, and what they see as the possibilities around a collaborative approach to economic development and its potential to ...

A culture of economic collaboration: in conversation with Songhees Nation’s Christina Clarke.

April 11, 2017

Christina Clarke is the Executive Director of the Songhees Nation, whose territorial homeland is the South Island Region. She's been serving the Nation for four years in her current position, and a further 22 years in other professional capacities.  The Songhees Nation was among the first members of the South Island Prosperity Project. In speaking with Clarke, we began to understand how ...

Happy cities, affordability and prosperity: in conversation with Charles Montgomery.

January 30, 2017

Charles Montgomery creates transformative conversations about cities, science and human well-being. He's an award-winning author. He helps planners, city builders and regular people find new ways to see and change the world around them. And his team works with citizens to turn their cities into living laboratories, using psychology, neuroscience and design activism to improve the places we call ...

The vital signs of prosperity: in conversation with Victoria Foundation’s Sandra Richardson

January 27, 2017

Sandra Richardson is the CEO of the Victoria Foundation, the oldest organization of its kind in our region. The Foundation's mission is to connect people who care with causes that matter, putting it at the epicentre of our region's evolving relationship with non-profits. Making our region affordable for everyone is a key Victoria Foundation priority. This helps explain why the Foundation ...

Want an affordable city? Look at your parking first.

January 24, 2017

Angie Schmitt loves traffic. Or rather, she loves to study how traffic affects the vitality of a city. She writes passionately on the issue in Streetsblog, and is regularly profiled as an expert in leading publications and broadcasts across North America. We connected with Angie, because we wanted to chat about a topic near and dear to those on the South Island - housing affordability. Do ...

South Island prosperity. A calling card for US business.

December 30, 2016

Mark Dillion has more than 30 years of executive management experience at the highest level of professional soccer. With his company, Lifekinetik USA, he is providing international athletes the mental edge they need to win. Dillion joined us in conversation this week to discuss his company's potential relocation plans - from Orlando, Florida to the South Island. It was an enlightening ...

So, what does South Island Prosperity Project do, anyway?

December 30, 2016

So you're having Christmas dinner, and your uncle from out of town mentions he's heard about some prosperity project that just launched. What's it all about? Being supremely well-informed (and perhaps just a little smug), you pull out your phone and proceed to take your uncle through the South Island Prosperity Project mini-pitch. There, in a series of bright and cheerful slides, you get the ...

Working together to serve our community. In conversation with Lisa A’Hara.

December 30, 2016

Lisa A'Hara is Director of Investment at Coast Capital Savings. Coast Capital, in turn, is one of South Island Prosperity Project's key partners. From the beginning, Lisa has had a strong interest in SIPP. She believes we have been a unifying force in the region, and will play a key role in creating jobs for young professionals - the sort of jobs that will make the regional economy more ...

Constructing a more prosperous region

November 30, 2016

Greg Baynton is the CEO of the Vancouver Island Construction Association. VICA is the hub that supports and helps grow the construction industry, making it a key indicator of our economic health. We had the opportunity to speak with Greg about the state of the industry, what sectors are (and will be) driving our economy, and the prospect for people who want to live in the South Vancouver ...

The South Island’s workforce – today and tomorrow.

November 13, 2016

For any business working hard at growing in the South Vancouver Island region, and any business looking at relocating to the South Island, a great workforce is a key consideration. With that in mind, we spoke with Frank Bourree, Partner and Owner of Chemistry Consulting Group and GT Hiring Solutions. Frank's business is HR and recruiting - and as a 35 year resident of our region, he has a keen ...

How the Prosperity Index drives economic growth

October 18, 2016

In a previous story, we highlighted a common problem: the temptation to chase economic growth in every direction. Yes, it sounds impressive when you say your agency is working on a multitude of initiatives and sectors. But there's no way to effectively follow through without a king's ransom in resources. Last we checked, king's ransoms were in short supply. Best to nix that plan. Instead, ...

Why shotguns and economic development don’t mix

October 5, 2016

It's easy to take a shotgun approach to economic development. Heck, who wouldn't love to promise (among other things) workforce development, regional marketing, export development, sector councils and strategies, supply chain development, capital pool connections, trade missions, community economic development, land use development planning, social entrepreneurship, incubation and acceleration ...

South Island Prosperity Project launches strategic plan on the air

October 3, 2016

A few days ago, we launched the South Island Prosperity Project strategic plan to our members. But the plan, like our Project, isn't just about members - it belongs to the entire South Island community. That's why our Executive Director Emilie de Rosenroll went on the air with CFAX talk radio host Mark Brennae and let everyone know what we're up to. You'll find her interview - hopefully the ...

Focus, personalize and measure your economic development

September 20, 2016

Economic development is a big concept. It touches everything from housing and health to education and jobs. Without focus, it can become a very expensive, ineffective proposition – you won’t see the woods for the trees. When we set out to create the South Island Prosperity Project - the first economic development agency to cover our entire geographic region (including 13 municipalities and ...

South Island Prosperity Project Sets Goals

June 15, 2016

  June 17th, 2016   Today marks six weeks on the job. With the benefit of having met many of you already, and valuable time spent listening to several of our regional stakeholders, I am very proud to have been selected to lead the South Island Prosperity Project (Prosperity Project). This is an exciting time to be working in this region. Thanks to our Founding Members, the Prosperity ...